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Basic Trope: Giving someone a sedative instantly knocks them out

  • Straight: Alice sticks Bob with a Tranquilizer Dart and he immediately falls asleep.
  • Exaggerated: Bob only touches the dart; it doesn't actually pierce his skin and he still falls asleep.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob stumbles around for a few minutes before collapsing.
    • Bob goes down when the dart hits him, but he's not quite unconscious — just really groggy.
  • Justified:
    • The sedative uses magic.
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    • The sedative uses more advanced fast-acting drugs.
  • Inverted: Alice injects a drug into a sleeping Bob, which wakes him up instantly.
  • Subverted: ???
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied:
    • Alice gives Bob a relaxing cup of tea and he collapses on the floor, asleep.
    • Alice presses a rag to Bob's face, and he immediately collapses unconscious. Only the rag didn't have anything on it.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The dart doesn't affect Bob at all.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Shouldn't these darts take longer to work?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "You want something that knocks someone out in seconds? I'm an apothecary not a miracle worker."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The sedative knocks Bob out almost immediately — and then it turns out that the dose is stronger than necessary and it ends up killing him.
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